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Tina Tahir

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Lives in

Works in


University of Illinois at Chicago, 2013, MFA

Representing galleries
Fischerplatzgalerie Ulm, Bege-Galerien

digital, photography, video-art, installation, sculpture

My recent work is a meditation on beauty, mortality, and impermanence: pieces that transform and eventually vanish. In creating that which is destined to disappear, I am acknowledging the existential and self-reflexive questions inherent in time-based art. At the same time, I seek the defining moment when beauty is possible in the tension between harmony and chaos. By implicating the viewer as active participant whose presence potentially harms the work itself, I create situations in which this balance of equilibrium and entropy is constantly being actively renegotiated.
I am working simultaneously on two projects that investigate these balances:
Ornamental Rugs: Drawing on the techniques of Buddhist sand mandalas, these complex ornamental patterns made of ashes, magnetite, or soil suggest decorative home and textile designs. Exposed to foot-traffic,the laborious “rugs” are gradually transformed and destroyed by the audience, leaving but a trace of their initial beauty. This move toward entropy is completely dependent upon the interaction of the viewer; the work is static only during the times when it is unseen, it is otherwise constantly shifting under the visitor’s feet.
Virtual Wallpapers: My virtual, interactive wallpaper projections respond to the viewer’s presence by means of a video tracking system. These small cameras unobtrusively record all movements within the parameters of the space, and a computer then creates an algorithm based on these movements to introduce decay into the projection. As a result of the viewer’s presence, the ornamental patterns slowly begin to disintegrate from predictable pristine symmetry into unrestrained disarray. The participants are not immediately, or ever, aware of their impact on the artwork, as there is a delayed reaction to the changes they provoke.

Based in Chicago, Tina Tahir makes immersive installations that draw from both her fine arts and fashion industry backgrounds. Trained as a professional photographer, Tahir became known in the world of fashion for her hybrid style that combined photography and illustration with the influence of surrealism. From 2003 to 2006, Tahir worked on international campaigns for companies such as Garnier, Lancôme, Matthew Williamson, Marc Cain, and Le Printemps, Paris. She also designed CD cover artwork for German violin virtuoso Anne-Sophie Mutter. During her fine arts training, Tahir found that many of the deeper issues that she had come across in the fashion world now motivated new directions in her practice. Constantly questioning the nature of causality, transformation, and decay, Tahir’s artworks can still be linked to her former life in the world of couture.



Fall 2014  Solo show at Bege-Galerien, Ulm 

Group Exhibitions

2013 Erasure, University Art Gallery. University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, USA
2013 Gaze and Dialogue, 漢街Hanjie. Wuhan, China
2013 A strange house in my voice, Gallery 400. Chicago, USA
2012 Schwarzweiß-weißschwarz, BEGE Galerien. Ulm, Germany
2010 Shadows, SCA Contemporary Art & Artlab. Albuquerque, New Mexico
2007 Art International Zurich. Zurich, Switzerland
2006 Ménage à deux, Elvira Bach und Tina Tahir, Kunstkabinett. Regensburg, Germany
2006 Passion Killers, London Design Festival, Bricklane Gallery. London, Great Britain
2004 Floral, Viaux Gallery, Hamburg, Germany
2004 Europäische Kunst in der SuedWest Kurve, Badischer Kunstverein. Karlsruhe, Germany
2004 Kunst Köln, artfair. Cologne, Germany
2004 Art Vienna. Vienna, Austria
2004 Bread and Butter, Fashion, Art and Music, artfair. Berlin, Germany
2003 Boing, Century Gallery. London, Great Britain

Solo exhibitions

2010 Entfernung- Distance/Erasure, John Sommers gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico
2005 Drawn to Photography, BEGE Galerien, Ulm, Germany
2003 Fotografie und Illustration, BEGE Galerien, Ulm, Germany


2013 Bad at sports art news, Chicago, April, 2013
2010 Interview, fotograf magazine, art and commerce issue, Prague, Czech., March 2010
2006 Cover Story, dpi magazine, Lifestyle & Aesthetic Design, Taipeh, Taiwan
2004 Creative Review, Peer Poll Special Issue, October 2004
2004 Drawn to Photography, Photographie magazine, Germany, July 2004

Corporate Commissions

2013 Universal records Germany (Deutsche Grammophon) for violinist
Anne-Sophie Mutter; Dvořák
2012 Garnier, beauty products, worldwide campaign
2011 Universal records Germany (Deutsche Grammophon) for violinist
Anne-Sophie Mutter; Rihm/Currier
2010 Universal records Germany (Deutsche Grammophon) for violinist
Anne-Sophie Mutter; Brahms
2006 Universal records Germany, (Deutsche Grammophon) for violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter; Mozart trilogy
2006 Lancôme, Paris, France, Beauty Products, Summer 2006
2006 Spring/Summer worldwide campaign for fashion label Marc Cain
2005 Bag fashionist, ZEITmagazin, Germany, October 2005
2005 Art Project with 16 contemporary artists, German AMICA on the little black dress, Jan 2005
2005 Spacelab magazine, Sydney, Australia, Fall 2005
2005 Matthew Williamson, Perfume Launch 2005
2005 Fall/Winter worldwide campaign for fashion label Marc Cain
2005 Le Printemps Department Store Paris, France, April 2005
2004 F&R Jewelry, Sydney, Table Book and large scale Shop Windows, October 2004
2004 German PAGE Graphic Magazine, September 2004
2004 Squint Magazine, Fashion Editorial on Floral, May 2004
2004 Fashion, Dealer de Luxe, October 2004
2004 Portraiture on designer Jade Jagger, Citizen K, France, August 2004
2004 Portraiture on author Jonathan Coe, Citizen K, France, October 2004
2004 German Elle Girl, July 2004
2003 German AMICA magazine, Beauty editorial, September 2003

BFA University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
MFA University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Recent Exhibits

Tina Tahir participated in these exhibits:

Exhibited with these artists
Tina Tahir has Exhibited with these artists:

Cameron Gibson Ben Murray
Exhibited at these venues
Tina Tahir has Exhibited at these venues:

Gallery 400

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